Somewhat predictably, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea sit at the top of the league table after three games and they’re the favourites.
At the start of the season I went for an each-way bet on Spurs and I’ve not given up on that yet, as a top-three finish pays out. Granted, the title may well end up in Manchester or west London but will the current top three all be there at the end of the season?
I’m not so sure. None of them has really been tested as yet and all three would have been expected to win their respective games. Spurs, meanwhile, have a modest five points but they’ve played Everton away and Liverpool at home, and none of the leaders have had a challenge like that yet.
There is a strong pack of around six in the Premier League and all can take points from each other. I wouldn’t expect Everton to lose every home game against Chelsea, Liverpool (12/1), Arsenal, United and City, so Spurs won’t be the last team to drop points there.
Tottenham have drifted out to 25/1 now and with 1/5 of the odds for the top three I wish I’d held off a bit before going for them, but such is the nature of a changing market.
Arsenal, meanwhile, came second last year and, considering their recent history, I wouldn’t be too concerned about their current form if I’d backed them, as they’re always slow starters.
Expect the Gunners to pick up fairly soon and again 11/1 won’t be their price for too long, with Hull, Burnley and Southampton to come in their next fixtures. Arsene Wenger’s men will be involved in the top-four battle comfortably and even in an abject year last season they were runners-up.
There is also the small matter of the Manchester derby after the international break and both sides could drop some points, allowing others to close the gap. I still think City will do it but the each-way bets are more profitable for a top-three finish and Spurs and Arsenal are the two that stand out.
If you’ve seen another who looks the part, Leicester, Everton, and West Ham and are 70/1, 80/1 and 175/1 respectively and it is still far too early to rule those sides out as top-four candidates just yet.